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College of Human Ecology

Climbing for a cause

Climbing for a cause

Climbing Libe Slope is nothing compared to a feat two Human Ecology students accomplished this semester: a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for women with obsteric fistula.

Madison Grasty ’14 and Alyssa Troutner ’15, both studying human biology, health, and society, scaled the famous peak as part of a group of 13 Cornell students completing the six-day climb in January.

The Cornell group, supporting the Mountains for Moms organization, raised more than $17,000 as part of their mission, funds that are expected to help 88 women living with obsteric fistula.

The condition, a complication related to birthing trauma, can be treated surgically, but it disproportionately affects young women in developing countries who lack resources for treatment. 

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Human Ecology's Mission

Improving lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social, and built environments

The college seeks to advance and improve the human experience by integrating academics, research, and outreach in the areas of nutrition and health, design and technology, human development, and public policy. Human Ecology's multidisciplinary units provide a distinct research and learning environment, one that fosters collaboration across Cornell's academic units, contributes to its disciplinary strengths in design, social, and natural sciences, and addresses the critical human challenges of the 21st century.

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Human Ecology's Strategic Vision

The College of Human Ecology discovers, teaches, and applies practical solutions to challenges facing people across New York State and throughout the world. By 2015 we will become the leading institution in higher education that integrates the social sciences, natural sciences, policy, and design to explore how humans interact with their environments and extend that knowledge to others.

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Our Priority Areas

Support for the College of Human Ecology will transform its ability to apply multidisciplinary strengths toward solving complex human problems and shaping leaders who are catalysts of positive change. The college looks forward to unprecedented possibilities with the convergence of Cornell’s sesquicentennial and significant new research, teaching and engagement opportunities. 

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Our Goals and Plan

By 2015 we will become the leading institution in higher education that integrates the social sciences, natural sciences, policy, and design to explore how humans interact with their environments and extend that knowledge to others. To achieve our vision, the college has articulated clear goals. Our highest priorities are to:

  • Replace a full 20 percent of the professorial faculty between the years 2010 and 2015
  • Increase scholarships and fellowships to attract top students from diverse experiences
  • Advance our global health, translational research, and health administration programs

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Human Ecology in the Media

Economist John Cawley talks to USA Today about a new study estimating the lifetime costs of childhood obesity.
Neuroscientist Nathan Spreng describes for NPR his research to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we …
Stephen Hamilton, professor of human development, discusses issues associated with the youth unemployment crisis.
Fashion researcher Tasha Lewis discusses with The Guardian what it will take for wearable tech to become fashionable.
FOX News details aqua-farming labs overseen by Philson Warner, Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City …
Gerontologist Karl Pillemer interviewed nearly 1,500 older adults for his book “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True …
Elaine Wethington, professor of human development, discusses the aging in place trend with Yahoo! Finance.
DEA professor Alan Hedge discusses with the Wall Street Journal the necessary factors for finding the right fit of a phone.
Human Ecology undergraduates Justine Lee '14, Kelechi Umoga '15, and Timothy Smith '14 are counted among Cornell's most …
Ritch Savin-Williams, professor of human development, describes his research on the human sexuality continuum for The New …
The Los Angeles Times reports on new findings by neuroscientist Adam Anderson on the optical origins of facial expressions.
The New York Times Magazine quotes ergonomist Alan Hedge on the potential health drawbacks from standing desks.
Economist Rick Geddes pens a piece for The New York Times arguing for public-private partnerships to shore up U.S. …
Demographer Sharon Sassler finds that the how long couples are romantically involved prior to moving in together is …
Bloomberg View quotes fashion design professor Susan Ashdown about the "incredible variation" in human body shapes and sizes.
Kathleen Rasmussen, professor of nutritional sciences, speaks to Parents about her findings as part of a national …
Karl Pillemer discusses his work capturing senior wisdom with TIME magazine.
The NY Times quotes Intelligence expert Robert Sternberg regarding changes to the SAT.
In an ABC/Yahoo! News video, John Cawley discusses what could occur to health care costs if every U.S. adult shed 20 pounds.
PAM professor Sean Nicholson predicted that the health insurance exchanges would generate millions of new customers for …
Working with FSAD experts, Anne Pringle, co-founder of LB Designs, is remaking old clothing into fashionable new garments …
Infrastructure expert Rick Geddes consulted on a study finding that NY's Scaffold Law drives up construction costs and …
Janis Whitlock, research scientist in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, comments on how to help a …
Gerontologist Karl Pillemer shares insights on love and marriages derived from the lessons of older couples.
Economist Richard Burkhauser argues that government taxes and transfers should be included in income inequality measures.
Philson Warner offers a look inside the Hydroponics, Aquaculture, Aquaponics Learning Labs he oversees at Manhattan's Food …
Nutritional sciences professor David Levitsky discusses with NBC Nightly News the possible impact of a proposed revamp of …
Demographer Dan Lichter says America is "entering a period of massive social change."
Infrastructure expert Rick Geddes comments on a controversial plan to fund a major U.S. highway through a public-private …
Developmental psychologist John Eckenrode speaks with Reuters about his new study linking increased income inequality to …
Postal finance expert Rick Geddes speaks with TIME magazine about a plan to add banking services to U.S. post offices.
Jan Vink with the Program on Applied Demographics tells Newsday that New York's population losses are part of a "long trend."
Philson Warner describes the innovative labs at Cornell's Food and Finance High School at a tour for National 4-H leaders.
Excess sedentary time poses serious health risks for older women, according to a study led by Rebecca Seguin, nutritional …
McClatchy Newspapers cites findings by economist Richard Burkhauser that challenge the popular assumption of a widening …
Neuroscientist Nathan Spreng co-authors a Huffington Post opinion piece highlighting the urgency for dementia research and …
Nutritional sciences professor David Levitsky speaks to the NY Times about the effectiveness of daily weigh-ins.
Health economist Sean Nicholson discusses with USA Today why most states will eventually opt to accept federal funds for …
The Washington Posts interviews ergonomist Alan Hedge about eye strain from computing devices.
NY Times columnist David Brooks cites work by economist Richard Burkhauser on minimum wage hikes for his piece on …
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New from Human Ecology

Your earliest childhood memory might be earlier than you think, cognitive psychologists say after interviewing American …
The 30th Cornell Fashion Collective runway show incorporates use of futuristic materials that detect heat and glow in the …
Unlocking ways to monitor a key nutrient, new Cornell research unveils a potentially sensitive method to test for zinc …
Cornell has selected next year’s massive open online courses – MOOCs – through which students anywhere will explore the …
Paging Nora Ephron: Where Harry met Sally matters more than when, 62 couples tell sociologists.
Two Cornell experts in food and childhood obesity presented their findings related to how small changes in school …
The library has acquired more than 100 items from the latter half of the 19th and the 20th centuries; items include sashes …
The 2013 Dean’s Fellow in the history of home economics in the College of Human Ecology gave an account of Flemmie …
Children in schools with vegetable gardens got 10 minutes more of exercise than before their schools had gardens, reports …
Facial expressions are rooted in emotional responses that exploit how our eyes gather and focus light to detect an unknown …
A new study reports that advertising can result in “smart” false memories. That is, consumers who have a propensity to …
Hiking cigarette taxes - to persuade some smokers to quit, and raise revenue from those who won’t - is a win-win policy.
Broken by years of unsustainable growth and Congressional tinkering - and nearly broke, probably by 2016 - America’s …
Two graduate students have launched an initiative to transform neuroscience research at Cornell, bringing graduate …
Activist attorney Sandra Fluke '03 returned to campus March 1 for the annual meeting of the President's Council of Cornell …
A new book edited by Cornell neuroscientist Nathan Spreng looks at memory's role in our ability to maintain social bonds.
The age at which people become sexually active is genetically influenced – but not when they grow up in stressful, …
Nirav Shah, M.D., New York State Health Commissioner, cited the success of health care reforms and proposed additional …
The Dyson Symposium on Women in Leadership on campus Feb. 21-22 drew more than 150 Cornell students and alumni.
A Cornell-Technion research team is developing a framework and methodology for streamlining high-performance building …
When Cornell environmental designers asked nurses what they wanted in the workplace, the Rx might make hospitals more …
By simply enhancing the content in a low-cost six-week program that teaches people how to manage arthritis pain, …
Researchers and looking at how to "upcycle" tons of clothing is thrown into landfills into usable clothes in Haiti.
The new Human Neuroscience Institute aims to better understand how brain systems drive cognition and behavior, which could …
Charlotte Jirousek, associate professor of textiles and apparel in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell, died Feb. 12 …
Increases in income inequality are associated with increases in child maltreatment rates, a Cornell survey has found.
Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D. ’13, found that when college students engage in casual sex - "hooking up" - their motivation …
Health economist John Cawley will use a $335,000 award to study how public and private measures influence obesity.
National 4-H Council president and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo was hosted by Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York …
America's working poor would get more from the federal Earned Income Tax Credit program if they knew how the tax code works.
Cornell Cooperative Extension parent educators from 11 New York counties met on campus 28-29 to hear Cornell experts …
Chill with impunity through this winter’s extreme cold – and brace for the next summer heat wave, when fiery temperatures …
For the first time, Cornell researchers have identified a key gene responsible for preventing the accumulation of …
Noted cognitive psychologist Robert J. Sternberg has been appointed professor of human development at the College of Human …
A 20 percent tax on fat, salt and sugar could cut consumption by nearly that much - and boost American health …
Memo to bill collectors, hoping to squeeze another payment from the working-poor debt jugglers surveyed by Cornell and …
The joke's on human-sexuality researchers: "Prankster" adolescents may have faked "nonheterosexuality" in a widely cited …
A new study of some 93,000 postmenopausal American women found those with the highest amounts of sedentary time – defined …
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth project is growing results in gardens across New York state.
A new exhibit, “Chinese Traditional Dress and Its Influence,” provides an overview of Chinese dress of the Qing period and …
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Student Successes

Rachel Powell '17 produced winning artwork that will grace the cover of the Showtime Directory & Guide.
Noticing the lack of portraits of women around campus, Jordana Gilman '14 assembled an exhibition of 250 notable Cornell …
Graduate student Arielle Levy took part in a design "camp" to help the Chinese city of Shenzhen develop an identity …
Timothy Smith ’14 is working with people in Cameroon to create an organic cocoa teaching and research farm to help cocoa …
Cornell faculty and students discussed the transformative potential of educational and research experiences abroad and …
Kelechi Umoga ’15 spent this past summer leading the construction of a health care clinic in the Jeida village of Abuja, …
Senior fashion design major Justine Lee received a $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship for her design of a …
Four students in the Textiles, Apparel and Innovation course have designed products and apparel that ease pain but don't …
Through internships, jobs and courses, students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics gain practical, hands-on experience …
Established and would-be social entrepreneurs gathered on campus Nov. 15-17 to exchange ideas on building businesses with …
Students in a new service learning course study the public health impacts of such hot-button local issues as the county …
In the new course Policy Meets Design, students respond to changing policies and cost reductions in health care to ensure …
More than 150 people, including many students, helped make hygiene kits to ship to girls around the world by the …
Owen Lee-Park ’15, a native of South Korea, made a rare visit to North Korea in September. He spoke to doctors and medical …
President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings applauded the work of current and former undergraduate research scholars at the first …
Twenty-six students from the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Ecology presented their summer research …
Seven students from the College of Human Ecology have unveiled their creations in “Maladjusted,” the Barbara L. Kuhlman …
As part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Program, three rising juniors went to a 4-H sleep-away camp …
Students throughout the College of Human Ecology participate in summer research that deepens their understanding of …
Helen and Nidia Trejo are pursuing their interests in fiber chemistry and apparel design in the College of Human Ecology.
Undergraduate research assistants presented their project results at a forum hosted by the Bronfenbrenner Center for …
On May 22, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 32 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school …
Human Ecology alumna Marihug Cedeño, a 2013 Cornell Law graduate, says her "meager beginnings" taught her valuable lessons …
Apparel design students created a plus-size mannequin and a clothing collection to reach an overlooked market.
Fiber Science and Apparel Design senior Matilda Ceesay has her sights on telling the story of a distinctive African …
A number of Human Ecology students are among the recipients.
PATCH -- an organization for pre-health undergrads guided by Human Ecology students Sharjeel Chaudhry and Kathy Tin -- …
From atmospheric pressures to zoological inquiries, about 140 undergraduates put posters of their projects on display at …
The 2013 conference focused on youth empowerment and leadership development.
With projects ranging from local archaeology to the philosophy of causation, eight students presented their research in …
A trio of Design and Environmental Analysis students won the student category of the 2013 Burningman Airport Terminal …
Drawn to the widespread influence of prep style, Anu Lingala '13 has extensively researched since her freshman year in …
Fiber Science & Apparel Design students Megan Rodrigues ‘15 and Lily Wolens ‘15 are among finalists in the national City …
DEA student Kelton Minor '12, M.S. '13, helped lead an award-winning team in a Cornell business idea competition.
Eight undergraduates in Cornell's Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) in the College of Human Ecology each …
An affordable and sustainable model house -- complete with some of the latest eco-technologies -- is going up in Nagarote, …
Library staff and design and environmental analysis students have teamed up to upgrade a collaborative study space.
When the grind of classes or work intensifies, Cornell students, faculty and staff have a new retreat: a meditation and …
Human Biology, Health and Society major Kristin Hildebrandt '14 shines in the research lab and many extracurricular pursuits.
A little piece of the outdoors came inside at Mann and Olin Libraries this week.

Contacts

Communications Development

John McKain
Assistant Dean for Communications
jam343@cornell.edu

Marybeth Tarzian
Assistant Dean, Alumni Affairs & Development
mt85@cornell.edu

 

 

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